Jurong Lake District gets IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant

The Jurong Lake District has been selected as one of the recipients for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2012.

The 360ha Jurong Lake District is one of the new growth areas identified in the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Master Plan 2008 to support Singapore’s economic growth for the next 10 to 15 years. It will decentralise commercial activities out of the city centre to bring jobs closer to where people live, and reduce the commute.

The Smarter Cities Challenge grant will allow the URA, the Economic Development Board (EDB) and their partner agencies to work with a team of IBM experts to explore innovative solutions to enhance Jurong Lake District as a smart, sustainable, and connected high-density district, they said in a joint press release on Friday.

“Each of the 33 global cities selected is different. But in all of them, there is one clear similarity: a strong commitment by the city’s leadership to put in place the changes needed to help the city make smarter decisions,” said Ms Janet Ang, Managing Director of IBM Singapore.

Article from StraitsTimes